Thunder vs. Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Oklahoma City Thunder (16-34) play against the Portland Trail Blazers (31-31) at Moda Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Friday February 4, 2022

Oklahoma City Thunder 81, Portland Trail Blazers 80 (Q4 08:47)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Every team that wants to make the playoffs should be trying anyway they can to get Kenrich Williams. – 11:53 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
we got a 1-point game on @BallySportsOK PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Kenrich Williams, Mike Muscala and Ty Jerome are three of the Thunders best shooters and best overall players.
They should be rewarded with a night off tomorrow vs the Kings. Maybe even let em clock out early tonight. – 11:52 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Kenrich Williams and Mike Muscala are outscoring the Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter. – 11:50 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
Third Quarter Box Score: Trail Blazers 76, Thunder 75…11:46 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 76, Thunder 75: end of third quarter. 14 points, 4 assists for @Anfernee Simons. 14 points, 11 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 13 points, 7 rebounds for Tony Snell. 13 points, 4 assists for @CJ McCollum. – 11:42 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Folks, I will be watching that Josh Giddey step back at least 200 times. My heart is beating very fast. – 11:39 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Kenrich Williams is such a winner. Going to be a fun, interesting week ahead. – 11:38 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Giddey getting us going! 11-2 run to get it within one!
@Josh Giddey | #ThunderUp PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Lu Dort is down after a hard foul, OKC can not afford anymore injuries. – 11:33 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey watched Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tape and learned how to take over a 3rd quarter. – 11:30 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
that’s smooth, Mamadi 😎
@luthebeast ➡ @_mdiakite PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
With the win, the Spurs are now 2 games behind Portland in the standings for the 10th spot out West.
34% of the season left to be played and the Spurs get some rest until Wednesday – 11:21 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs held the Rockets below 30 points in every quarter of the game tonight.
They hadn’t done that to an opponent since January 19 against the Thunder. – 11:11 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Half Box Score: Trail Blazers 50, Thunder 46…11:10 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Come for the buzzer beater, stay for the pose PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
With Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Isaiah Roby, and Aaron Wiggins out plus Favors and Watson not playing yet, Aleksej Pokusevski has not logged a single minute in the first half. – 11:04 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Halftime: Blazers 50, Thunder 46
– OKC is 9-of-26 from three, on pace for a season-high in attempts
– Thunder with 13 assists on 18 makes
– Ty Jerome with nine points, five assists and four fouls – 11:01 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
hand down man down, even from out there!
@Ty Jerome | #ThunderUp PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Tony Snell leads all scorers with 11 points.
#RipCity PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 50, Thunder 46: halftime. 11 points, 7 rebounds for Tony Snell. 8 points, 2 rebounds/assists for @CJ McCollum. 8 points, 3 assists for @Anfernee Simons. 5 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists for @Jusuf Nurkic. – 10:59 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Have to give Ty Jerome a ton of credit for this game, the entire Thunder team really, but it is impressive his ability to stay ready all season. – 10:55 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @colehoops is here! We chat about a few things, from the Blazers-Clips deal, to the renewed Simmons/Harden reporting, to the Wizards and Lakers being messes at the moment. Lot of fun stuff here, and you can watch it first on YouTube:…10:46 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Quarter Box Score: Thunder 21, Trail Blazers 19…10:44 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Ty Jerome is such an interesting player to evaluate, a sneaky deadline target for teams. I wonder how the org. views him long term. – 10:43 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Thank you for 44 years of service to the organization. We were lucky to have you, and you will be missed by us all! ❤ PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Pretty tough for a team to get a top 5 pick in the draft when they have a Kenrich Williams. – 10:41 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Ty Jerome has thrown some pretty slick passes this evening. – 10:40 PM
Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Snell feeling it 👌👌👌 – 10:39 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Thunder 21, Blazers 19: end of first quarter. 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists for @Jusuf Nurkic. 4 points apiece for @CJ McCollum, @Anfernee Simons and @Greg Brown. POR shooting 36 percent, OKC 33 percent. – 10:33 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
That is a tough shot by Kenrich Williams. Simons answers right back with a tough floater of his own. Really good game early. – 10:27 PM
Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
GREG BROWN!!!! Are you kidding me?!?!?!! – 10:27 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
in the lane. focused. flourishing.
@luthebeast | @Josh Giddey PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
First career start for the young fella!
@CJ Elleby | #RipCity PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Dort from the top of the arc 🌈
@luthebeast | #ThunderUp PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Winners, losers from the Clippers, Trail Blazers trade of Norman Powell…10:17 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Oh my gosh, Mamadi did not hit the shot, but the ball movement to free up a corner three was unfair there. Giddey cut at the perfect time to give Mann a safety net and immediately fired the ball to the open man. – 10:15 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
CJ McCollum so upset the Blazers traded away his teammates that he comes out kicking Josh Giddey in the face. – 10:15 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Rose City Ready 🌹
Presented by @EnergyTransfer PM

David MacKay @DavidMacKayNBA
I’m seeing a lot of people saying Portland was had, and I’m seeing a lot of people saying Portland absolutely needed to get under the tax. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. Good on Cronin for making a prudent money move, but FFS the return was dismal. – 10:02 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics still have 8 games left against:
Magic (1)
Pistons (3)
Thunder (1)
Kings (1)
Pacers (2) – 10:00 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Chauncey Billups tells #BlazersTV that Larry Nance Jr. (right knee inflammation) had a “little setback” this morning and will be re-evaluated. Nance has missed 16 straight games with that injury. #Blazers10:00 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Matt Pinto is out tonight (non-COVID illness), so Nick Gallo is stepping in as the play-by-play man alongside Michael Cage.
Shoutout to the Thunder broadcast team, which has done a nice job adjusting.
A reminder that Chris Fisher will be back on the broadcast tomorrow. – 9:59 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
CJ Elleby and Tony Snell are starting for Portland in place of the just-traded Norman Powell and Robert Covington. – 9:48 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🏀 #RipCity    vs @Oklahoma City Thunder
⌚ 7:00PM
📻 @RipCityRadio620 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault calls Aaron Wiggins injury “not a day to day thing” – 8:52 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault’s starters vs Portland Josh Giddey
Tre Mann
Lu Dort
Darius Bazley
Mamadi Diakite – 8:50 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters at Portland:
– Giddey
– Mann
– Dort
– Bazley
– Diakite – 8:49 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Daigneault said Aaron Wiggins’ ankle sprain isn’t a day-to-day thing. – 8:46 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Blazers Interim GM Joe Cronin explains his decision to trade Norman Powell & Robert Covington to Clippers: “Cap flexibility. The opportunity to clean our books up a little and just create more opportunities for this coming week and beyond, through the draft and free agency.” PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mark Daigneault said Jeremiah Robinson-Earl felt an “alarming amount of pain” during his warmup in Dallas.
That led to the fracture in his foot being revealed. – 8:43 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks’ first injury report for Saturday’s game here in Portland against the Trail Blazers:
OUT: George Hill (neck soreness), Brook Lopez (back surgery) – 8:36 PM
Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Always great catching up with @CJ McCollum. Hear from him ahead of tonight’s Blazers vs. Thunder game on @ROOTSPORTS_NW 🙌 Pregame show starts at 6:30. See you then! PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
The Kings are listing De’Aaron Fox (ankle) and Marvin Bagley III (ankle) as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Thunder. – 8:31 PM
Detroit Pistons PR @Pistons_PR
Saddiq Bey became the 5th-fastest player in NBA history to reach 300 career 3FGM tonight vs. BOS, reaching the milestone in 122 games. Only D. Robinson (95 games), A. Edwards (112), L. Doncic (117) and D. Lillard (117) have made 300 3FG faster. #Pistons
(via @Basketball-Reference) – 8:29 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Coach Billups says he’ll start Anfernee Simons, CJ McCollum, CJ Elleby, Tony Snell, and Jusuf Nurkic tonight against the Thunder. #Blazers #RipCity8:24 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups expects that all three players in the trade will play for the Blazers. Obviously still 6 days until the deadline so someone could be flipped but no buyout is expected. – 8:22 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Chauncey Billups says his understanding is that the three players acquired today from the Clippers will be playing for the Blazers this season. – 8:21 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Portland might need to play some funky lineups tonight. They won’t have any of the guys they just traded for today and they’re still without four players (Lillard, Little, Nance and Zeller) due to injuries. – 8:15 PM
Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
New at Lit and Basketball: Dame and CJ x Rachel Cusk…7:59 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
A low-key large game tonight in Portland PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Reggie Perry with a pull up jumper. He’s been with the #Pacers for like two seconds. – 7:36 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Reggie Perry checks in. #Pacers. – 7:30 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Reggie Perry checking in for his debut with the Pacers. Much needed backup center tonight. – 7:29 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Clippers and Blazers trade involving Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a 2025 second-round pick is official. – 7:25 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Understanding the Clippers/Portland trade from both sides.
Remember (Portland fans) that there’s always a part 2 and 3 to a deal.…7:12 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Silver lining of the Portland trade today for Charlotte, they got a lot worse and the Pelicans still have a chance to make the play in and if they win could make the playoffs and send their 22 1st round pick to Charlotte – 7:07 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
There aren’t a lot of immediate silver linings for the Blazers trade today, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Keon Johnson turns into a pretty good player. Portland historically does a good job developing guards. Johnson gives them a cost control prospect to work with for a few years. – 7:04 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Josh Giddey’s teammates for the rising stars:
Cole Anthony
MarJon Beauchamp
Josh Giddey
Jalen Green
Herbert Jones
Tyrese Maxey
Jalen Suggs# – 7:03 PM
Norman Powell @npowell2404
Excited to be coming home to Cali. Let’s get it @Los Angeles Clippers #UnderstandTheGrind PM
Norman Powell @npowell2404
Thank you to the @Portland Trail Blazers organization for everything. Appreciate the staff, my teammates, and of course, the fans. Will always remember my time in 🌹 City – 6:57 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Josh Giddey was drafted to @James Worthy‘s Rising Stars squad!
@Josh Giddey | #NBAAllStar PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Reggie Perry in the door for the Pacers for the next 10 days. What you need to know about the signing:…6:48 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey goes #5 in the Rising Stars draft made up of the best players of the 2020 + 2021 drafts.
Giddey was the 2nd rookie picked after Evan Mobley.
Giddey is teammates with the two Jalens OKC fans wanted, Green & Suggs. (Though most wouldn’t trade Josh for them now). – 6:46 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers and Trail Blazers make trade official. Lawrence Frank had some things to say. PM

Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Clippers make Powell/Covington deal official. Phenomenal deal for them. PM

Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Blazers officially announce—
The team has acquired guards Eric Bledsoe & Keon Johnson & forward Justise Winslow from theClippers in exchange for Norman Powell & Robert Covington. Portland also received Detroit’s 2025 second-round pick from the Clippers – 6:32 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Clippers and Portland trade is now official, with LAC announcing it. – 6:31 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
We have acquired Eric Bledsoe, Keon Johnson & Justise Winslow from the LA Clippers.
Welcome to #RipCity!
🔗: PM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
Love the Clipper trade with Portland. Simply Love it! – 6:26 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
I think the Blazers trade extended Damian Lillard’s rehab a few months. Dame a couple weeks ago: PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Also will say on the Blazers deal: not sure it says anything about the team rebuilding. Think moving Powell/Covington is more about two things.
1. Simons’ emergence forced their hand a bit to move one of CJ/Powell to open up PT.
2. Covington is on an expiring deal, anyway. – 6:08 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Another aspect to moving Powell is that Nassir Little should be starting at the 3 just to get more size on the court. Depending on other moves, Dame, CJ, Nas would the starting PG/G/SF trio with Ant getting 30 minutes off the bench. However, future moves could alter that. – 6:08 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
New Portland man quickly supporting city’s team. PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Me + @Kevin O’Connor are hopping on Green Room to talk Harden, Portland, trades and more
Come join ‘Could James Harden for Ben Simmons Really Happen?’ on Greenroom! PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Here’s how you know the Clippers did well today. If we played the old “who says no” game to today’s trade, the Blazers would be saying no. They gave up two first for Covington and a stud in Gary Trent for Powell. Getting cap fodder and a 2025 2nd for those two is a failure – 5:41 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
🗣NEW @HardwoodKnocks
10 Questions Ahead of 2022 NBA Trade Deadline
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Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Goga Bitadze is out tonight vs Bulls. Oshae Brissett will be available.
On newcomer Reggie Perry, coach Rick Carlisle said “He’s a good-looking prospect … with quite the resume.” Perry arrived from Toronto last night. – 5:27 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
“He will be in uniform and likely get some minutes tonight,” Rick Carlisle says of Pacers newcomer Reggie Perry. Pacers will need him in the frontcourt. – 5:27 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Thunder own the Clippers draft picks. The Rockets own the Nets draft picks.
Today has been a good day. – 5:17 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Per reports, the LA Clippers are acquiring Norman Powell and Robert Covington from the Portland Trail Blazers.
@adaniels33 tells @Rick Kamla this could open the door back up to trade Damian Lillard #RipCity PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Let’s hear it, what’s your fav photo of the week? 📸
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Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
About to get into the lab, but while Norman Powell’s shooting is a highlight of what Clippers are acquiring, some of you have seen my matchup cards all season and noticed one big issue with LAC offense:
Powell averaged 5.0 attempts per game, my threshold for a star – 4:53 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
New Locked on #Thunder Podcast:
🏀 : Josh Giddey in the rising star game
🏀 : Power ranking rising stars
🏀 : JRE is OUT
🏀 : Stock watch Friday
#ThunderUp: PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
My favorite part of Dunc’d On Prime is the ability to react immediately to big trades. @Danny Leroux and I discuss the Portland/Clippers Powell/Covington/Keon Johnson deal Join us: PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
El sábado, @CoachCMorales y @QuiqueGaray se encargan del choque entre @Miami Heat y @Charlotte Hornets, pero solo por NBA League Pass. Es el #PartidoDeLaSemana. PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Updated Pacers cap sheet! Lots of updates:
-Lance Stephenson second 10-day ends, re-signed for season
-Hardship payments in luxury tax calc (Pacers just over $1.4 mil away from tax line)
-Reggie Perry signed to hardship deal
-Cap/tax estimates updated for next season PM

Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Grades up for the Blazers-Clippers trade: (ESPN+) – 4:23 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
📰 @TheAthletic with @Jason Quick on Clippers acquiring Norman Powell and Robert Covington from Portland for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson, and somebody’s 16-year-old son (in the form of a 2025 Pistons second-round pick)…4:17 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Folks: You cannot bash this trade based on the two firsts dealt for Covington (2020, 2021) while IGNORING that Portland got back Keon Johnson, the 21st pick in 2021. The 2021 pick dealt was No. 23. Stop. You’re being disingenuous. – 4:15 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
NBA TV has dropped two #Bucks games from its upcoming schedule:
• Feb. 14 vs. Portland
• April 1 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. – 4:13 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Blazers/Clips deal a good deal for Portland. Clears more playing time for Simons (who is really good) and starts to clean up the books. Blazers will likely continue to sink in the standings — which is probably exactly what they want. – 4:07 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
The Thunder-Magic game on March 20 has, for some reason, been dropped by NBA TV. – 4:06 PM

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